Republican Senator Rand Paul Opposes U.S. Congressional Efforts to Ban TikTok

US Senator Rand Paul at the US Capitol in Washington on January 25.Leah Millis/Reuters Republican Senator Rand Paul on Wednesday opposed congressional efforts to ban TikTok, the popular Chinese social media app used by more than 150 million Americans. A small but growing number of Democrats and Republicans have raised concerns, citing free speech and … Read more

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy says U.S. lawmakers will move ahead with TikTok bill

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy speaks with reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on March 24.J. Scott Applewhite/AP U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy said on Sunday that lawmakers would move forward with legislation to address national security concerns about TikTok, alleging that the Chinese government has access to user data on the short-video … Read more

Canada’s Trudeau says TikTok ban had ‘side benefit’ of keeping his kids off platform

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday he was pleased the recent ban on the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok on government-issued devices means his children will no longer be able to access the platform. “Our concerns with TikTok are about security and access to government phone information that the Chinese government may have,” Trudeau told … Read more

Utah leads first attempt to limit teen use of social media

On Thursday, Utah became the first state to sign legislation that seeks to limit teens’ access to social media sites. Republican Gov. Spencer Cox signed a measure aimed at limiting when and where children use social media and to stop companies luring children to the sites. Other states, including Arkansas, Texas, Ohio and Louisiana, are … Read more

Who is TikTok CEO Shouzi Zhou who testified before Congress?

On March 23, TikTok CEO Shouzi Zhou testified on Capitol Hill in Washington at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing about the platform’s consumer privacy and data security practices and impact on children.Jacqueline Martin/AP TikTok Chief Executive Zhou Shouzi has kept a low profile since taking office in 2021, but on Thursday he testified … Read more

U.S. lawmakers grill TikTok CEO on data security, user safety at committee hearing

On March 23, TikTok CEO Shouzi Zhou testified at a committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.Chip Somod Villa/Getty Images U.S. lawmakers grilled TikTok’s chief executive on data security and harmful content on Thursday, challenging him in a tense committee hearing about the popular video-sharing app’s prioritization of user safety. Guarantees that should be prohibited … Read more

The Fallout of Silicon Valley Banks, a Real Estate Market Correction, and Tax Filing Tips: Must-Read Business and Investing Stories

The closure of Silicon Valley Bank sent shockwaves through global markets and triggered a reassessment of future interest rate paths by central banks, including the Bank of Canada.View RUVIC/Reuters Caught up for a week away? Here’s your weekly digest of the world’s most important business and investing stories, featuring insights and analysis from the pros, … Read more

Why the US is banning TikTok, and what it means for content creators

The White House has threatened to ban TikTok if the app’s Chinese owners refuse to sell their stake, citing concerns about the security of Americans’ data.Olivier Dullier/AFP/Getty Images Biden administration Has threatened to ban TikTok in the US If ByteDance, the Chinese owner of the social media app, refuses to divest its stake. White House … Read more